Il Castello

4.6
732 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
New York Times Review. (10/23, 2010 by M. H. Reed) WORTH IT!
"Rediscovering the Art of Classic Details - Diners missing the serenity and Old World details once offered at the county’s high-end restaurants, many of which are now defunct, can rediscover some of those niceties at Il Castello."



Zagat Survey 2011/2012:
Food: 24, Decor: 19, Service: 25.
This tiny jewel of a place in Mamaroneck, NY packs a big punch with delicious Northern Italian delicacies and an excellent wine list delivered via an impeccable staff.
Rich wood, chandeliers and civil sound levels provide an impress-a-date setting at a cost that is not that expensive for the neighborhood. It is recognized for excellence and one of the best Italian restaurants in Mamaroneck.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Saturday: 1:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(914) 777-2200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Pre-Fixed Menu With Open Options of your choice
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Private party contact
Lenny: (914) 777-2200
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Cross street
Waverly Ave
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Parking details
Free valet parking
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Public transit
Metro north
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food and service is great! The room gets a bit noisy because it's not a large restaurant, but the food is so good I didn't care!

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service is always wonderful here! Despite the romaine lettuce scare we were able to enjoy a great Caesar salad made with bib lettuce! We love eating here!

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S
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It does not get much better than this! The food is consistently so good. Maybe , because the owner is on the premises everyday.
The drinks are perfect.
The new thin bread sticks are wonderful;better than the packaged ones found in a lot of similar restaurants.
If you want a great ceasar salad, ask them to prepare it Larry's way ( me). I always ask them for sevderal extra anchovies and extra garlic to be be ground into the bowl along with the other ingredients of lemon and oil and egg yolk. Yummy!
The ,main courses this evening were, a pork chop made to my liking , medium rare, covered with onions and mushrooms and sauteed red peppers. My companions had a stuffed veal chop and a veal parmigiana without cheese.
left with a nice warm feeling.
Note, not related to the restaurant except to eat there once a week minimum.

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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The other night they had stuffed veal chop (a special). It was the best stuffed veal chop, tender not chewy, creamy, topped with cheese and mushrooms, and lots of it (but I finished it all).

My wife and our guest also enjoyed their meals (I can't remember what they ordered!)

My wife and I try to get there maybe once a month. Service is great and they have valet parking.

Bottom line: Go there. Honestly, not on weekends; it's too crowded.

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in area. Just love this please never disappoints!!!!

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e
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a pleasure to dine at Il Castillo. You're always greeted as if you had been there the day before. Service is very attentive, and food is very good.

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A first rate restaurant. We've dined there often and never been disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and wine was fantastic

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the restaurant and we loved it. The food was superb. The staff was prompt and friendly. You should market the house made bread sticks. They were wonderful

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S
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Spectacular homemade cavetelli pasta and old reliable chicken parm ; absolutely the best in the area.
Great simple meal with a glass of wine and we went home more than satisfied and soem left overs for the next afternoon snack.

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I dined at Il Castello, I raved for weeks. I reported that it was the best meal I'd had since coming home from Italy. The service was a delight, and each dish was "the best I had ever had" of that food item. Their octopus slammed every dish I've had elsewhere. The chef has such a light hand that no matter the preparation, the quality of the ingredients is what shines most brightly. If that's not the definition of fine Italian cuisine, I don't know what is. Returning a second time, not to mention during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, I couldn't expect the same level of meal. Was I wrong. Despite the bargain, the busier dining room, etc., each course was a revelation, the servers took time to help us choose wine (despite it being only a glass, not a full bottle!) We are so lucky to have this in our community. I just hope it doesn't become overcrowded as more people discover this gem!

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvelous dinner. Each dish was better than a other.
Aps were burata cheese, oysters,eggplant rolantini ,arugula salad,
Mains were oso buco , branzini,veal chop martini , mixed fresh seafood pasta , deserts we sherd homemade coconut tart and ricotta cheese cake,
Il Castello it’s always a winner in every way bean coming here for years and will continue to . Thank you Lenny for such a great night and making my son’s birthday very special!!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Castello bean there many times love it.
Everything about it’s just right. Food , service, ambiance,
What else can you ask !!!!!
Do your self a favor and goooooo !!!!!

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RH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Castello never disappoints! The restaurant week menu offered plenty of choices, cocktails were dreamy and of course the service was top notch! The breadsticks are addicting and we all loved our entrees. This is our favorite go-to place any night of the week. We will be back very soon!

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time the best branzini ever !!!

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HK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed. Took 1.5 hours for main dishes to arrive and the got half the orders wrong.
Pasta lacked flavor. Very noisy, will not return.

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y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Noise level. worst of any restaurant anywhere.Waiting for tables feel free to stand in the rain .Fpd this night fair to poor.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Waitstaff was curt and rude. Food was cold on scalding hot plates. Servers tried to take food away while I was eating it. Check was brought before we even ordered our dessert. The noise was deafening; servers constantly reached across my body to clean, organize and serve. Overall, most uncomfortable experience.

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M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was part of restaurant week. The food was decent and service was good.

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BR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Although the food was pretty good we were in and out of there in an hour, including cocktails and dessert. I HATE THAT. They definitely overbook this small restaurant. There were 3 groups waiting to get in at 8:00 when we left and there wasn’t an empty table (except for ours which they still had to clear).

When I go out to dinner, I like to enjoy my cocktail and conversation. I don’t even want to look at a menu until I’ve settled in for at least 15 minutes. Here, after 15 minutes we already had our appetizers.

Honestly, this review is very much influenced by this service. I can’t say that the food wasn’t good, but it went by so fast, it was difficult to notice.

I think this restaurant gets great reviews because the prices are moderate. But I would rather pay a little more and make it more of an experience. This is one that I will not go back to (BTW, we’ve been here before so this was not just an off night).

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Attention to detail - received our requested table. We were not rushed and allowed to linger. Owner could not have been nicer. I highly recommend Il Castello.

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F
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our first time here on a Saturday night. It was very busy but incredibly loud, couldn't have a conversation with my dining partner. The food was good as was their presentations. I would go back but not on a Saturday night, perhaps during the week when it might be slower/quieter.

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CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the bread and breadsticks to dessert was delicious. We went early on friday night and the service was excellent and the food really was fresh. Good sized menu. Would definitely go back and recommend to others for good Italian food in Mamaroneck.

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MG
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual - food was great, service was attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner!

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BJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Lenny is amazing! Food was insane and the service is as well.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant overall. I made a reservation for 715 and we were seated right away. The waiter was patient and went through the numerous specials. They were very willing to accommodate special requests for the dishes. I don't think he heard that I wanted an appetizer but it came very fast after we brought this up. My swordfish was excellent, as was my wife's chicken. They were great about not rushing you. We were there for over 3 hours! Menu items were a bit pricey but the food was tasty and portions were ample. My wife complained the noise level was too high, but it is a small restaurant with a lot of tables that are closeby so it is hard to avoid...

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It never fails to please! Absolutely delicious, amazing service and very accommodating chef for food intolerances. Love it there!

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WG
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always greeted warmly. The breadsticks are to die for. Fabulous osso buco. We come here frequently. Never disappointed. Beware Fridays and Saturdays very crowded so service suffers sometimes but the food makes up for it.

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BJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Kind of a loud space, but the food was so good that it was worth it.

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V
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, as always a warm welcome. My husband just got so unhappy when he received the check: he was charged $48 for a steak which was good but not that tender ( nothing to compare to a steakhouse where we are used to go) and so overpriced! It was a special but Lenny forgot to tell the price and my husband did not asked: mistake!!! Well. We will go back one day but the steak price is difficult to digest!

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CS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will like family!!! Amazing food and service. The staff is super friendly and the food was delicious. Recomend to anyone.

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are outstanding. It is a bit pricey but all worth it.

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MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend for dinner for her birthday. The service and food was the best. It always is . Will be back soon.

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w
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small Italian Restaurant, comfortable, with really good food and service. Go there several times a year/GSW

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food over countless years. The best . Friendly staff.I reasonably priced !!!!!

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M
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Il Castello. Service and food exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always !!!!

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OT
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! The best fish anywhere!! Great selection of Italian choices of deferent dishes !!

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d
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too noisy Food was good but not outstanding. The veal was good. The Dover Sole was way overpriced.
We drove a long way and have been at the restaurant before. Not sure I would do it again.

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ill Castello is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food is always delicious, the service impeccable.
We had a lovely evening dining with friends.

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